Volunteers at West Craven Food Bank have delivered the 1,000th produce parcel and have marked one year working out of its Earby storage station.
Since June 2014, the food bank has collected and delivered more than 1,000 food packages which in turn have helped 637 households.
Most food banks rely heavily on the generosity of the community in which they operate, and West Craven Food Bank is no exceptionLiz Grose, coordinator
The food bank has clients in Barnoldswick, Earby and Colne with parcels delivered to both single occupancy and family households to supplement what is already in clients’ cupboards.
Liz Grose, coordinator of deliveries in West Craven, said demand fluctuates and some will have been supported for one week only and others supported over several weeks, but all with the aim of “a hand up” until they are able to be self sufficient once more and not simply “a hand out” as per the ethos of link partner Community Solutions North West.
She said: “Most food banks rely heavily on the generosity of the community in which they operate, and West Craven Food Bank is no exception.
“We are extremely grateful for those churches, schools and individuals who have made it possible to rent premises and have provided sufficient funds and food donations to support those in our community who are going through crises of circumstance that make it difficult or nigh on impossible to feed those living under their roof.
“CSNW believes that the provision of food is a way into people’s lives to help support them out of their immediate crisis and towards economic stability, and that by developing relationships and providing personalized support, the volunteers identify underlying reasons for the crisis and can then efficiently ‘signpost’ referrals to have a lasting and positive effect.”
During the summer holidays, donations of ingredients for sandwiches such as tinned cooked meats and tuna, jam and meat and fish spreads, will be very readily accepted at the usual donation points.
These are Barnoldswick Co-Op for items bought in store, churches in Earby and Barnoldswick, Earby Council Shop, Earby Community Centre and Barnoldswick Children’s Centre.